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SIT Newsletter: August 2018

Wednesday, August 8, 2018  
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September 7, 2018
Late Registration Ends

Chief of Statistics
Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF)
Hiroshima, Japan

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)
Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School

Research Associate I/II, Immuno-Oncology
Eureka Therapeutics, Inc
Emeryville, CA


The Radiosurgery Society: Workshop on Understanding High-Dose, Ultra-Dose-Rate and Spatial Fractionated Radiotherapy
Bethesda, MD
August 21, 2018

44th Annual ERRS Meeting

Pecz, Hungary
August 21-25, 2018

64th Annual RRS Meeting
Chicago, Illinois
September 23-26, 2018

ASTRO Annual Meeting
San Antonio, TX
October 21-24, 2018

Pavel Bláha - Biology

Tien Tang- Biology

Jason Domogauer, Medicine
Pil Fredericia, Biology/Physics

Nicholas Colangelo - Medicine/Biology
James McEvoy - Biology
Mattia Siragusa - Biology/Physics
Ryan Jonathan Wei - Medicine
Jade Moore- Multidisciplinary
Britta Langen- Biology
Brian Canter- Biology

Dear SIT Members,
Only one more month to go until the annual meeting in Chicago!
Don’t forget to register if you have not already. I am thrilled to learn about the latest discoveries in our field straight from the experts. We have an exciting SIT workshop prepared for you to kick off the event in style!
Being an SIT, I sometimes feel awestruck when attending an RRS conference, wondering what impact I or my friends in the community will make. What new and amazing phenomena will we discover? What findings will make it into the radiation biology textbooks of the future? These thoughts inspire me and make me push even harder.
When I think about making an impact, it is usually down the road as a group leader and distinguished scientist. An important step towards that goal is writing successful grant applications for an independent project as a PI. There are several different types of grants, and the latest application I wrote was a career grant where the focus lies on the development of the young researcher during the project instead of the research output. As such, the grant application required a specific section about ‘how the applicant will make an impact and contribute to society’.
That was the first time I found myself, a young post-doc, in a role to make an impact–on society nonetheless! I pledged to become active on social media as a science communicator and reach a non-academic audience with dedicated Instagram and Facebook accounts, tweeting about lab work, and blogging about life as an international academic. When I finished writing that grant section, I wondered why I had not started ‘social outreach’ activities right at the beginning of my graduate studies? I had moved abroad, left behind friends and family, learned a new language, adapted to a different society, entered a new research field–all the stories I could have shared about the ups and downs and inspired others; it might have trended (think big), it might have been small-scale (be realistic), but either way, I would have done my part and contributed already.
I wanted to share this with you and encourage each and every one to contribute and make science more accessible to the public. Let the world outside of academia know what it is like to ‘do science’ and what it means to be a researcher straight from the source. This can be done with a simple picture of your lab setup, a comprehensible sentence about your work, or a valuable experience–post it, blog it, tweet it, share it. There really is no need to wait until a grant or position asks us to.

Britta Langen
SIT Committee Member

Recent SIT Publications
Britta Langen, Nils Rudqvist, Johan Spetz, Khalil Helou, Eva Forssell-Aronsson Deconvolution of expression microarray data reveals 131I-induced responses otherwise undetected in thyroid tissue PLoS One: July 2018, Vol. 13, No. 7, e0197911

Do you know of any SIT publications? Let us know!

Policy & Advocacy
Many of us have multiple social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc). We have these vast reaching platforms with unlimited potential for storytelling. While I often enjoy posting pictures of my cats or the latest food I’ve cooked, I also take time to post about my research, radiation biology, and science policy. As Britta pointed out in her foreword, through sharing our work as scientists we can help in broadening the impact of our research.

I want to specifically focus on the power of my favorite social media platform, Twitter. Twitter makes advocacy more tangible and accessible to researchers. From the comforts of our own lab, we can interact with fellow scientists from around the world. No longer do we have to wait for conferences or symposiums, we can share our work in 280 characters or less. In addition, my favorite experience on #sciencetwitter was at a science policy workshop hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Throughout the various talks and panels, I was able to interact with other attendees through a Twitter list we setup on the first day. Together, we amplified key points from speakers and continued discussions beyond individual sessions. This was an example of liquid discourse in action.

In advance of the annual meeting in Chicago, I would encourage everyone to become more active on Twitter. Here are a couple tips:

1. Include pictures with your tweets just as you include figures in grants/papers.
2. Be targeted with hashtags and other accounts you tag in tweets.
Speaking of hashtags, I propose we generate a couple for the meeting in Chicago and for the radiation research community. If you have any suggestions, or cat pictures, please tweet them to me, @CrianBanter. Don't forget to tag @RRS_RadRes or use #RRS2018!

All the best,
Brian Canter
SIT Committee Member

News & Updates

Pre-Conference Career Development Workshop
Submission of one-page Specific Aims pages for review during the Mock Study Session during the Career Development Workshop ends August 31st! Submit during registration HERE or edit your registration to add by using the link in your confirmation email.

Annual Meeting Mobile App Available
Download the 2018 Annual Meeting Mobile App by searching "Radiation Research Society" in the App Store or Google play or by visiting If you already downloaded the app in 2017, simply run an update! Find the Abstract PDF, create a personalized schedule, set up meetings with peers or exhibitors and much more!

ICRR 2019 Reduced Rate Rooms
RRS will offer a limited amount of significantly discounted rooms for SITs attending the ICRR 2019 meeting in Manchester. Connect with your peers who are attending and get first notice of availability by following the ICRR 2019 for Scholars-in-Training event on the SIT Facebook Group.

RRS Conversations

RRS Exclusive: Dr. Brenner interviews 2018 Plenary Speaker Dr. Cristian Tomasetti

RRS Conversation with Scott Welford, PhD

Evolved Cellular Mechanisms to Respond to Genotoxic Insults: Implications for Radiation-Induced Hematologic Malignancies

Courtney J. FleenorKelly HigaMichael M. Weil, and James DeGregori

Radiation Research Oct 2015, Vol. 184, No. 4: 341-351.
Evolved Cellular Mechanisms to Respond to Genotoxic Insults: Implications for Radiation-Induced Hematologic Malignancies

Courtney J. FleenorKelly HigaMichael M. Weil, and James DeGregori

Radiation Research Oct 2015, Vol. 184, No. 4: 341-351.

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